Novak Djokovic credits hike with turnaround

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic put his career back on track this year, and he credits a mind-cleansing hiking trip with his wife after the French Open with the extraordinary turnaround. ...

Mass tourism threatens Croatia's 'Game of Thrones' town

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — Marc van Bloemen has lived in the old town of Dubrovnik, a Croatian citadel widely praised as the jewel of the Adriatic, for decades, since he was a child. He says it used to...

Montenegro-Croatia relations in danger over training ship

TIVAT, Montenegro (AP) — More than two decades after fighting a war, Montenegro and Croatia have resolved almost all of their differences after fighting a war, except for one: a dispute over an 85-yea...

Red Star returns to Champions League after 26 years

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — One of the favorite cries for Red Star fans is "UEFA-mafia," but when their team qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 26 years, all 150,000 tickets for the ...

Turkey's crisis could slow its push for influence in Balkans

VLADICIN HAN, Serbia (AP) — In the south of Serbia, a Turkish car parts company has been hailed as a savior: its new plant created hundreds of jobs and breathed new life into a region that has long be...

Ex-Yugo autocratic leader's iconic yacht given new life

RIJEKA, Croatia (AP) — Against all odds, the iconic yacht that once belonged to the late Yugoslav strongman Josip Broz Tito has been given a new lease on life. Rust covers its hull. ...

Far-right views going mainstream in much of Central Europe

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Poland's prime minister claims Jews took part in their own destruction in the Holocaust. His Hungarian counterpart declares that the "color" of Europeans should not mix with tha...

EU and Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent. The Euro...

Unlikely migrant path brings Cuban family to Serbia

SOT, Serbia (AP) — Far away from sandy beaches and a balmy Caribbean breeze, a Cuban family huddles together in a cramped room of a cold, wind-swept Serbian refugee center, trying to figure out what t...

Behind the Croatian bankruptcy that's shaking the Balkans

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Ivica Todoric will no longer be living in his sprawling 16th-century castle overlooking Croatia's capital, flying in his private helicopter to his luxurious coastal villa or tak...

AP Balkans correspondent recalls encounters with Mladic

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When he was finally arrested after 16 years on the run, the balding old man hobbling with pain bore little resemblance to the robust, ruthless Bosnian Serb army commander whom ...

Migrants claim violence while pushed back from Croatia

SID, Serbia (AP) — Hamid Barekzai desperately tried to cross into Croatia 17 times in one year. He says he was beaten and humiliated during most of his attempts, but the Afghan migrant isn't about to ...

China's ambition, US retreat on show in Serbian factory town

SMEDEREVO, Serbia (AP) — A giant Chinese red flag flutters on a pole where an American flag used to fly at a steel mill in this dusty industrial Serbian town. The company logos of U.S. Steel are faded...

Not everyone dancing to tunes of Belgrade musical fountain

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A giant new fountain in Belgrade, complete with light show and loud music, is drawing mixed reviews and online ridicule. The huge 1.8-million-euro ($2 million...

French intellectual Levy gets pie in the face in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy said Thursday after left-wing activists threw a pie in his face in Serbia that the incident illustrates the Balkan country is far from ha...